November 23, 2020

Kelly dreaming of Wembley after Chelsea goal

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Martin Kelly is mobbed by his Liverpool team mates after scoring

MARTIN KELLY revealed his delight at scoring his first goal for Liverpool FC and then set his sights on realising his Wembley dream after last night’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea.

FC booked their place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup courtesy of second-half strikes from Maxi Rodriguez and Kelly.

However, Liverpool’s joy was tempered by concerns about Lucas Leiva, who left Stamford Bridge on crutches after injuring his left knee. The Brazilian is expected to have a scan today.

Academy graduate Kelly ended his long wait to score for his boyhood club when the right-back headed home Craig Bellamy’s free-kick on his 35th appearance.

“I’m made up with the goal and we’re all happy with the team performance,” said Kelly, who won a bet with team-mate Jay Spearing about who would be first to net a senior goal.

“It was a great cross from Craig and I managed to get a free header. You’ve got to take them. It’s been a long time coming.

“We were attacking the end with all the away supporters and it was brilliant seeing all their emotions as they celebrated. It’s fantastic to get a goal for such a big club.

“We’ve come here twice now and got two victories and we’re all over the moon with that.

“We’re looking forward to the semi-finals and hopefully getting to the final at Wembley. If you ask any young lad, they dream of one day playing at Wembley and I’m the same.

“I can’t wait for the next round and hopefully I’ll be a part of that.

Kelly believes Liverpool’s triumph – their second at Stamford Bridge in nine days – underlined the depth of talent in Kenny Dalglish’s squad.

The manager made seven changes for the Reds’ second game in 48 hours following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

“It’s good for us to have such a strong squad and you could see the benefits of that tonight,” Kelly added.

“We were all playing together as a team for Kenny and for one another. That showed tonight.

“There was one side out there playing as a team and the other was playing like individuals.

“That’s why we came out on top and we definitely deserved the win.”

Liverpool now have a two-legged semi-final to look forward to in January and before then Kelly is hoping to force his way into Dalglish’s team for Premier League games.

They face either Manchester City or Cardiff – who both progressed to the semi-final with wins on Tuesday – or the winners of the Manchester United/Crystal Palace clash.

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